AmaZulu came from two goals behind to tie 2-2 with record-chasing Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership championship match at Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.
Sundowns, who led 1-0 at halftime, may still exceed their 2015/16 record of 71 points despite the tie.
Sundowns, who have already won the league championship, will reach 72 points with two wins.
Bongani Zungu and Peter Shalulile scored for Sundowns at KwaMashu township, while Ramahlwe Mphahlele and second-half replacement Sede Junior Dion scored for Usuthu.
Sundowns coach Rulani Mokwena started Lebogang Maboe, Terrence Mashego, Ntandeyenkosi Nkosi, Hashim Domingo, and Zungu.
Maboe had one assist on the night.
Sundowns dominated the first half despite the adjustments, creating many scoring chances.
After 26 minutes, Gaston Sirino assisted Zungu for his first goal since returning to Sundowns.
Usuthu generated opportunities but failed to score in the first half.
Ayanda Dlamini substituted offensive midfielder Dumisani Zuma for striker Sede Junior Dion in the second half.
While that didn’t bring the immediate change Usuthu wanted, it did give them some firepower upfront as Larry Bwalya’s shot was blocked by a Sundowns defender with custodian Ronwen Williams beaten.
Shalulile’s 12th league goal, set up by Maboe, extended Sundowns’ advantage on 58 minutes.
Mphahlele headed in a corner seven minutes later to keep Usuthu in the game.
Dion equalised with six minutes left, beating Williams with a long shot.